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June 25, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Officials ID Long Beach Fire Captain Killed in the Line of Duty as Father of 2, Department Veteran
The firefighter who died as officials responding to a fire and shooting at a retirement home in Long Beach Monday morning had been with the department for 17 years, officials said. Dave Rosa, 45, had also served as captain of Fire Station 10 for the last six and a half years, Long Beach Fire Chief Mike Duree said. He leaves behind a wife and two children. "This is a tough day," Duree said, pausing tearing up. "It's a tough day." Rosa was among two firefighters who were shot during Monday's incident. The second was in stable condition at St. Mary's Medical Center and expected to make a full recovery. 

Inmate Charged In Deaths Of 2 Kansas Deputies
A 30-year-old inmate was charged Friday with capital murder in the shooting deaths of two Kansas sheriff's deputies who were overpowered by him while they were trying to move him between a courthouse and jail. Wyandotte County District Attorney Mark Dupree announced that his office charged Antoine Fielder with two counts of capital murder in the deputies' deaths. In Kansas, the intentional, premeditated killing of a single law enforcement officer is eligible for the death penalty. "We will do our best to bring justice," Dupree said during a news conference.
Associated Press

Ohio Police Officer Killed In Hit-and-Run
A Ohio police officer was struck and killed in a hit-and-run crash. The Mentor Police Department officer was helping a fellow LEO during a traffic stop Sunday morning when he was struck by a vehicle, reported. The officer, who hasn't been identified, was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Mentor police said one person was taken into custody in connection with the fatal hit-and-run, according to WKYC. It wasn't immediately clear if the person in custody was the driver who struck and killed the officer. Additional details about the crash were not immediately released.

Michel Moore, Presumptive LAPD Chief, Touts Community Policing In Van Nuys Appearance
Michel Moore, likely the Los Angeles Police Department's next chief, was in familiar territory Thursday evening, returning to the San Fernando Valley for an appearance in front of some of the business leaders he made an impression on for years as the area's top cop. Several attendees of the awards ceremony at the Airtel Plaza Hotel in Van Nuys, hosted by the Greater San Fernando Valley Chamber of Commerce and attended by 30-plus, said they got to know Moore well during his time here. This was his first visit with the group since Mayor Eric Garcetti on June 4 named Moore as his top choice to replace outgoing Chief Charlie Beck. Moore currently serves as the first assistant chief in charge of LAPD's patrol operations and Beck's second-in-command. 
Los Angeles Daily News

Retiring After More Than 40 Years, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck Has Evolved With The Department He Leads
Chief Charlie Beck stood before police officers seated in the roll call room at Rampart station, recalling a time when he sat in those chairs. As a rookie cop more than four decades ago, he patrolled those same streets, later returning to the station to enact reforms following a scandal that made the name Rampart synonymous with corruption. Now, he was on a farewell tour, due to retire June 27 after nearly nine years as chief of the Los Angeles Police Department. He still had his field notebook from his first day at the station and retained vivid memories of the crusty old guy who worked the front desk for generations, he told the officers.
Los Angeles Times

Two Men Hit In Drive-By Gang Shooting In Westlake Area
Two men were wounded in a drive-by shooting in the Westlake district, authorities said Monday. The shooting was at 11:16 p.m. in the 2800 block of Francis Avenue, Officer Norma Eisenman of the Los Angeles Police Department's Media Relations Section said. “Unknown suspect or suspects drove up to the victims and shot at them,” Eisenman said. One man was wounded in the head and was hospitalized in critical condition, she said. The other man was wounded in the abdomen and had stable vital signs. The shooting was believed gang-related, Eisenman said.

16-Year-Old Girl Rescued, 6 Arrested In Sherman Oaks Human Trafficking Bust: LAPD
A 16-year-old girl was rescued from working as a prostitute on Sepulveda Boulevard while six people were arrested in connection with human trafficking on Friday in Sherman Oaks, authorities said. The Los Angeles Police Department's Van Nuys Vice Unit rescued the girl around 6:15 a.m. when she worked on Sepulveda "against her will," said LAPD Sgt. Martin Baggesgard. She was able to identify her pimp and an investigation led authorities to believe they might be able to find the suspect at 777 Motor Inn, 4781 Sepulveda Blvd., Baggesgard said. After knocking on the door of a room at the motel, three or four men squeezed through a bathroom window and attempted to escape on foot but were taken into custody, Baggesgard said.

Missing Woman Last Seen On Shore Line Trail In San Pedro
Authorities Sunday sought the public's help in locating a 26-year-old woman who was last seen on a shoreline trail between Royal Palms beach and the Trump National Golf Course near San Pedro. Officers searched that area and found personal property belonging to Haley Ora Downen, the Los Angeles Police Department reported. Downen was last seen on the shoreline about 5:15 p.m. Saturday. She was described as a 5-foot, 2-inch tall white female with blond hair, green eyes and a small build, weighing approximately 138 pounds. She also has a tattoo on her left leg.

‘I Hope It Wasn't A Hate Crime': Bomb Scare Shuts Down LA Gay Men's Chorus Performance At Historic Theater
What was supposed to be day of music and celebration turned frightening at the historic Alex Theater in Glendale Saturday, when a performance by the Los Angeles Gay Men's Chorus was cut short due to a bomb scare. Officers with the Los Angeles Police Dept. and the L.A. County Sheriff responded to a report of a bomb inside the theater, forcing the packed house at the showcase of The Pink Carpet: LGBTQ & The Silver Screen to evacuate the building Saturday afternoon. “Someone very calmly came onstage as they were lowering the curtain and told us that we had to evacuate,” choir member Andrew Ganesh told CBS2 News.

Nickerson Gardens Murder Mystery Remains Unsolved Due To Lack Of Witnesses
The Nickerson Gardens Housing Project in South Los Angeles has a long history of violent criminals terrorizing law-abiding citizens. Gangs that claim ownership of the area have drilled in the idea of fear to keep residents from acting as witnesses to crimes, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Those crimes include a 2010 murder that remains unsolved. Oscar Cornejo, 34, was arriving home around 2 a.m. on Saturday, July 24, 2010 when LAPD South Bureau Homicide detectives say he was approached by five men.

Long Beach Inmate Who Walked Away From Reentry Program Back In Custody
An inmate who escaped from a reentry program in Long Beach was back in custody Saturday morning. Authorities said 31-year-old Jose Chavez was on an approved day pass Thursday, when he removed his electronic monitoring device. His last known location had been at Obregon Park in East Los Angeles. Chavez was serving time for car theft. Authorities did not provide any details on how he was captured.

Supreme Court Says Police Can't Use Your Cellphone To Track You Without A Court Order
In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court gave a victory to privacy advocates on Friday, ruling that police generally must have permission from a judge before they can get cellphone records to plot the movements of individual customers. The decision requires police departments nationwide to get a search warrant in order to obtain telephone company data to track where a user has been. The technique is widespread, given that 95 percent of Americans own a cellphone. Chief Justice John Roberts, who wrote the court's opinion, said "a phone goes wherever its owner goes, conveying to the wireless carrier not just dialed digits, but a detailed and comprehensive record of the person's movements."
NBC News

Public Safety News

7,700-Acre Wildfire In Northern California Prompts Evacuations, Destroys 12 Structures And Threatens Hundreds More
A wind-driven wildfire tore through the small community of Spring Valley in Northern California over the weekend, scorching 7,700 acres, prompting evacuations and destroying a dozen structures by Sunday afternoon while threatening hundreds more. Residents of roughly 600 homes in the remote area were ordered to pack up and leave. Those who stayed behind were urged to limit their water usage so it could be conserved for firefighting. Authorities ordered all of Spring Valley to evacuate Saturday evening, and on Sunday expanded the order to include residents who live north of Highway 20 between Old Long Valley Road and Round Ball Road, according to the Lake County Sheriff's Department and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
Los Angeles Times

Local Government News

Garcetti Says L.A. Can Resume Disputed Ban On Overnight Sidewalk Sleeping
Eleven years ago, Los Angeles officials agreed to stop arresting people who bed down for the night on streets and sidewalks until the city built more homeless housing. The deal ended a legal battle with skid row residents and their advocates, who argued that the law trampled on the rights of homeless people who had nowhere else to go. Now Mayor Eric Garcetti says enough housing has been built to meet the settlement requirements, clearing the way to enforce the law again. But if L.A. starts ticketing people under the contested code, it is likely to kick off a new battle with homeless advocates.
Los Angeles Times

Metro Launches All-Door Boarding On Vermont Ave. Line
Metro announced Friday it will expand all-door boarding to the Vermont Avenue Rapid Bus Line 754 in a bid to speed up transit trips and reduce the time buses idle at stops. The expansion comes after an all-door program launched last year on the Silver Line, where the county transit agency said all-door boarding has helped increase on-time performance by 10 percent. "We're going to keep improving bus service to make the journey faster, easier and greener," Los Angeles Mayor and Metro Board Chair Eric Garcetti said.


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